Posts tagged "sexual assault"

Pay Attention: #RapeCultureIsWhen…

Earlier today, Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist writer and political analyst, was inspired to start the Twitter hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen in response to both TIME magazine and RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) claiming that feminists have overhyped the existence and impact of rape culture. Last week, RAINN made their…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 25, 2014

Girl Talk: My Rape Ruined My Female Friendships

In college, I was part of a tight-knit group of young women. There were five of us in the core group. Two were roommates and their room, 513, was our central meeting place. There was a lack of formality when it came to hanging out. It was totally normal to walk right in if the…
By: Victoria Helen Rose / March 21, 2014

Terry Richardson Calls Models’ Complaints About Sexual Abuse A “Witch Hunt”

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has released a statement (posted to at least Page Six and Huffington Post, so far) defending himself against the mounting complaints from young models who have accused the "porno-chic" photog of sexual abuse. Earlier this week, a former model revealed on Reddit that she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Richardso…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2014

Model Opens Up On Reddit About That Time Terry Richardson (Allegedly) Came On Her Face

Horror stories from barely-legal models about working with photographer Terry Richardson are becoming more common. Now, a woman has posted yet another story about the renowned photographer hooking up with one of his young photography subjects, this time pressuring the then-19-year-old into aggressive sex and then allegedly ejaculating on her face.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 10, 2014

Senate Blocks Bid To Change Military’s Change Of Command On Prosecuting Sexual Assault

The Senate successfully blocked a spearheaded by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) bill that would change the military's judicial system by taking sexual assault cases outside of the chain of command and handing it over to military lawyers. Gillibrand was unable to get enough votes to overcome a filibuster of the bill. [The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2014

This Study Hightlights What We Already Knew: Assault Is Never The Victim’s Fault

A new study has found that in situations of sexual aggression at bars, most attackers are very clear on the fact that their victims are not consenting. The results made obvious what so many already know: despite claims of misperception, in most cases it is very clear that the attacker's advances are unwanted…
By: Claire Hannum / March 5, 2014

Georgia Judge Orders New Trial Because Woman With Down Syndrome “Didn’t Behave Like A Victim”

Fayette County, Georgia, judge Christiopher McFadden overturned a jury's guilty verdict against a man who raped a woman with Down syndrome because she allegedly didn't behave like a victim. In his ruling, McFadden said the woman — who doctors confirmed had been forcibly raped and who had the perpetrator's semen in her bed — hadn't…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2014

Yoga Guru Bikram Choudhury’s Rape Accusers Speak On “Nightline”

Trigger warning: this video and the text below contain accounts of rape and sexual assault.   On last night's "Nightline," three of Bikram Choudhury's five sexual assault accusers bravely came forward to talk about the horrors they suffered at the hands of the yoga guru. Honestly, I had read about the charges, but the first-hand…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 27, 2014

How Rape, Accidents Persist At Frat Houses

Frat-house accidents and sexual assaults are getting so common they're impossible to ignore—but how did it get this bad, and why does it keep happening? In an extensive Atlantic piece, Caitlin Flanagan looks at the history of fraternities and their myriad ways of avoiding legal obligations for what goes on behind closed doors.
By: Newser / February 26, 2014

Minnesota Nursing Home Defends Rapist, Calls 89-Year-Old Victim “A Flirt”

An 89-year-old woman is suing a Minnesota nursing home for punitive damages because she was forced to spend 72 hours in a mental health unit after she reported that she was raped by 30-year-old Andrew Scott Merzwski. According to court documents, the woman was a resident at Edgewood Vista senior living facility near Duluth…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 24, 2014

“Modern Family” Star Sarah Hyland Groped By Stranger Outside Of Party

A 29-year-old man groped "Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland while posing with fans at an event in Australia. After he grabbed her breast, Hyland burst into tears and left the meet-and-greet early. He was charged with indecent assault. [US Weekly, TMZ] Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green named their newbor…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2014

California Wants Law To Require “Affirmative Consent”

California wants to rewrite the state law regarding sexual violence on college campuses to require both partners to give "affirmative consent" before engaging in sexual activity. The legislation hopes to protect victims who were sexually assaulted while drunk or on drugs and couldn't/didn't give consent. The bill's sponsors said they hope that this would be…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Fundamentalist Christian College Bob Jones University Halts Study On Its Handling Of Sexual Assault

Bob Jones University, an uber-Christian fundamentalist college in South Carolina, has drawn attention for commissioning and then covering up a study on how well the institution handled sexual abuse. According to The New York Times, the university solicited a consulting group, Godly Response To Abuse In The Christian Environment (Grace) to serve as an ombudsma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Kickass Women Of The Day: The Founders of “Girl Code Movement” Are Fighting Back Against Campus Rape

Caroline Heres, Julie Gelb and Jackie Reilly are on a mission to decrease sexual assault on college campuses. Last fall, Caroline and Jackie, who are students at Syracuse University, discussed the fact that they'd both been assaulted. What started as a chat between two friends evolved into a need to take action. Together, they decided…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

Wall Street Journal Columnist James Taranto Compares Campus Sexual Assault To Drunk Driving

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto is pretty much that douchey frat boy who you never invite to a party, but somehow ends up there anyway , and you wish he would just go somewhere far, far away so you never had to think about all the obnoxious things he's said. Remember him? He called…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2014

How Not To Get Raped: A PSA

This "Don't Get Raped" public service announcement seems like pretty great satire from a bunch of college (high school?) kids. Well, until you remember "advice" like this is pretty much what launched the SlutWalk protests in the first place. Don't dress like a slut. Don't drink. Don't flirt. Don't hook up. Instead of teaching me…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2014

This Naked Man Sculpture Is Creeping Wellesley Students The Hell Out (And We Can See Why)

Upon first glance, you might mistake this sculpture for a naked man trying to foist unwanted physical contact upon an unsuspecting woman. It could be a trigger for anyone who has experienced sexual assault, but it's art. The realistic statue, entitled Sleepwalker, is part of…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 5, 2014

Mia Farrow & Lena Dunham Speak Up In Support Of Dylan Farrow, While Brother Moses Farrow Supports Woody Allen

The reaction to Dylan Farrow's New York Times article about sexual abuse she allegedly suffered as a young girl at the hands of Woody Allen has gotten even murkier this week. Mia Farrow, 28-year-old Dylan's mom, and Lena Dunham…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2014

On Woody Allen, My Father & Darkness

(Trigger Warning: Discussion of incest and childhood sexual abuse.) The greatest gift my father gave me was a passion for art. As a pianist and composer with a Master’s degree in Musicology, he infused our home with creativity throughout my childhood. He encouraged me to find my own outlet; instead of sports teams and debate…
By: Anonymous / February 3, 2014

Why Didn’t Mizzou Report Sasha Menu Courey’s Sexual Assault?

When Sasha Menu Courey woke up one morning in February 2010, she had no idea that her life was about to change radically in a few short hours. Courey, a swimmer and straight-A student at the University of Missouri on a near-full scholarship, was sexually assaulted by a football player that night. According to CNN,…
By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2014
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